Sunset Express

June 2016

Sunset Lake Elementary, PreK-5th Grade Building

Sunset Lake Elementary Mission-
Enter to Learn, Depart to Contribute

Principal's Message

Hello Sunset Families,

Thank you Sunset Lake for a great year! With seven new teachers, several new support staff and a new principal there were lots of changes that took place. We thank you for your support and patience this year as we worked through some of our new systems.

As we move into the summer months we wanted to share out our goals that we will be working towards, beginning 2016-17 school year:

  • Implementing The Leader in Me process (all staff trained in 7 Habits)
  • Implementing a new English Language Arts Curriculum (Ready Gen)
  • Finding more ways to differentiate in the classroom to meet students at ALL levels
  • Looking at ways to beautify our Sunset Lake building and grounds
  • Creating systems to help improve our playground behaviors
  • Building more student leadership roles and student led committees

I am so proud to call myself the Sunset Lake Elementary Principal. Our staff works each and everyday for your children and we love our jobs!

We hope you have a joyous summer filled with lots of family R & R!

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."

----Dr. Seuss

Yours in Learning,

Amie McCaw

Sunset Lake Elementary Principal

Recycling-- it's Working!

Sunset Lake established a full recycle program. Our 5th grade leaders help empty our paper and plastic each week. Last trip we brought over 760 pounds of recycling! Special thanks to Lucas Hillard for taking our recycling to the Recycling Company. Special thanks to Mrs. Sadowski helping with the supervision of this worthy program.
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  • June 3rd- Track and Field Day
  • June 7th-2nd grade Binder Park Zoo
  • June 9th- 5th grade Awards
  • June 10th-Last Day- 1/2 Half Day

Bulldog Beginnings Preschool Program

An entirely FREE preschool experience for those who qualify. Application for our preschool program are available at all elementary schools offices, the Administration Building, and the Vicksburg Library. Students must be four years old by September 1st. If you have further questions, please call Alyssa Thompson at 321-1415,or Tonya Nash at 321-1022.

Barnes and Noble Reading Program

Starting on May 17th, the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program marks its twentieth anniversary celebrating the power of books to expand children’s horizons. We’re partnering with educators like you to inspire readers in the first through sixth grades to have a summer filled with reading and to earn a FREE book!

We’re excited to introduce our Triathlon theme, which encourages students to stay in reading shape throughout the summer by actively pursuing their interest in books of their own choosing, strengthening their abilities, and stretching their imaginations along the way. Whether they are staying home or traveling, students can pick the books they want to read and proceed at their own pace.

You’ll find downloadable versions of the classroom kit and the Summer Reading Triathlon Journal online at BN.COM/summerreading.

Enjoy your vacation—–but first invite your students to have fun and earn a FREE book as they get ready to enjoy our Summer Reading Triathlon.

Sunset Lake Safety Patrol

Thanks to our new Sunset Lake Safety Patrol consisting of 5th graders who are helping us make our school a better place! The job is not always a fun one and it calls for extra responsibility with The students were selected from their applications and record of positive behavior choices. Mrs. Getsinger lead the students through their training and are confident that these leaders will help make our school an even more positive and safe place to learn!

Thanks to our Safety Patrol and Mrs. Getsinger!

Sunset Lake Elementary PTSO Facebook

Please be sure to check out our Sunset Lake Elementary PTSO Facebook Page. This is a great place for updates and the most recent news that affect our school. Here is the new web site for our PTSO.

Sunset Lake Family School Improvement Committee

Please let us know if you are interested in joining our School Improvement Family Team for 2016-17. We will be organizing our parent team to work in conjunction with our leadership team to work towards our school improvement goals and with our work in incorporating The Leader in Me process.

Call 321-1500.

Thank you!

The Leader In Me - How schools can develop leaders one child at a time.

Take a look at this preview of The Leader in Me process.

If you are interested in learning more about The Leader in Me--please contact Principal Amie McCaw at 321-1500.

Second and Third Grade Supply List

Second and Third Grade Supply List

Here are some of the suggested supplies for a well-prepared second grader. All of these items are optional, but students have found them to be very helpful to have on hand.

1. Many, many pencils

2. Erasers

3. One folder to keep in desk

4. One 1.5 inch three-ring binder

5. Two 70-count notebooks (wide lines, not college)

6. Four glue sticks

7. Fine-tip dry erase marker (any color)

8. Crayons or colored pencils

9. Pencil and crayon box

10. Small daily nutritious snack

11. Scissors (small pair)

12. Headphones or ear buds

13. A backpack brought to school daily (not on wheels)

Not needed: Folders, Extra Binders, Markers, Pens, Desk toys or trinkets J

Items that could be donated (strictly optional)

· A box of tissues

· A pack of fine and/or wide-tip EXPO dry erase markers (any color)

· Clorox wipes

· A package of 3 x 3 sticky notes

· A package of lined paper

· A ream of white or colored copy machine paper

Be sure to re-use your supplies from last year if possible.

Thanks for all of your help!